Washington revelations about the role of the army in Acteal Massacre by Hermann Bellinghausen

Washington revelations about the role of the army in Acteal
Hermann Bellinghausen

Sooner or later records speak. Retractable, maimed, edited, it is presumed that controlled, the day arrives and cracks awakening political crimes of the past. Now we see one of the most painful in recent times: the massacre of Acteal. Two weeks after the controversial resolution of the Nation’s Supreme Court (SCJN) that released 20 paramilitary and said the process to others, including confessed murderers, the case takes unexpected directions.

Developing a political scenario that was not considered by the media and legal (people who dig up) of Acteal. While they are systematically overlooked in the press, radio and television the very possibility of official and armed forces responsibility, with no arguments and abruptly, reports shown in United States open the documentary window that would confirm what was reported in La Jornada 1997 and 1998 on military and police involvement, based on a plan to fight against the Zapatista communities in Chiapas.

This, just when the PRI is to disassociate of the actions of Ernesto Zedillo government at the time, and even suggests Zedillo  should be investigated. That seems to be enough to prevent Emilio Chuayffet (Secretary of the Interior when the slaughter took place) to become its leader in the new Chamber of Deputies. There are indications that Salinas did not want to load the resurrection of the dead zedillato although Chuayffet is Enrique Peña Nieto (wants to be president on 2012) option, both from the same political circle.

Researcher Kate Doyle, director of the Mexico Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, declassified documents revealed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from United States describes the federal role of the army “in support of paramilitary groups in Chiapas at the time of the murders. ” Secret cables” confirmed reports of military support to indigenous groups who carried out armed attacks against prozapatistas communities.” He also revived an issue “latent,” Doyle said: “When will SEDENA (National Defense Office) tell the truth about his role in Acteal? (The National Security Archive, August 20).

Doyle said that the documents contradict the official story about the massacre, “developed by Zedillo government, which reduced the problem to a local conflict. In a telegram to the DIA in Washington on May 4, 1999, the office of the aggregate of Defense of United States in Mexico said that “the army directly supported armed groups in mountainous areas of Chiapas, where killings took place. ” The document describes “a clandestine network of” human intelligence teams’ (HUMINT), created in mid 1994 with the approval of then President Carlos Salinas, who worked in indigenous communities to gather intelligence information of  Zapatistas supporters  . To promote antizapatistas armed groups, the HUMINT had “training and give protection from arrest by the agencies of law enforcement and military units that patrol the region.”

The researcher states: “Although the cable was written in 1999, U.S. defense diplomatic was careful to point out that army intelligence officers were supervising federal armed groups in December 1997.” The document provides details never before mentioned in the official versions. The “human intelligence teams,” explained the military teams, were composed of young officers with the rank of captain, “and some sergeants” who spoke dialects of the region. ” These HUMINT, integrated with three or four people were assigned to ” selected  communities by three or four months and then” moved to a different community. ”

Not only that, in another report of the military office of the U.S. embassy in Mexico, sent on December 31, 1997, it is described the deployment of federal troops in the conflict zones of Chiapas. Citing secret and open sources, the document indicates that President Zedillo sent thousands of troops to the region after the massacre of 45 indigenous on December 22 of that year. The new units were on alert in case of a possible uprising. ” (Report to the DIA, released by the National Security Archive under request under the Freedom of Information Act, FOIA, and circulated in Washington in February 2008).


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